Living Psalm 106 – Pentecost 16 A

Living Psalm 106—Pentecost 16 A

Living Psalms Book

Psalms in the form of words and art, reborn in the specific contexts of our world, privileging the voices of historically marginalized communities and those acting in solidarity with them.


Living Psalm 106—Pentecost 16 A

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Our God is great and worthy to be celebrated!
Let’s throw a party and dance in the streets!
Don’t keep it a secret. Don’t be shy. Brag on God!
Be specific and tell the whole world how good God has been!

God is good but this is not new.
God’s track record speaks for itself.
God’s faithfulness can be trusted.
Just ask our parents and grandparents.
Generations of God’s love have strengthened our ancestors as they crossed oceans,
navigated treacherous terrain, survived plagues, fought the wickedness of injustice,
and faced insurmountable obstacles.
God didn’t abandon them and God won’t forsake us!

If you don’t believe me, just ask the children of Israel.
Toiling under the evil of slavery for hundreds of years
yet God did not forget about them.
God heard their cries for justice;
God always hears our cries for justice.

God heard them and delivered them but they didn’t leave empty-handed.
For God is the God of restorative justice.
God is the God of economic justice.
God is the God of reparations.
God’s deliverance is not simply the absence of bondage but the presence of liberation.
Full and complete liberation.

Cool shade to travel by day, a fiery light to travel by night,
water spilling from a rock to quench their every thirst
and bread from heaven to feed their every hunger.
In the middle of the desert our God provided a supernatural feast
that ensured all of God’s children had plenty.
This is the God we serve.
This is our cause for celebration!
This why we cannot be quiet!
We will never forget!
Praise the Lord!

Living Psalm  106 for Pentecost 16 (A) was written by Maria Mankin.

Living Psalms Book is created by UCC Witness & Worship Artists’ Group, a Network of UCC connected artists, activists and ministers bridging the worship and liturgy of the local church with witness and action in the community.

Logo is detail from Living Psalm 80 by Sophia Beardemphl, Redwoods, CA. Recovering from significant bullying, Sophia, age nine, read Psalm 80 and  thought of brokenness that needs mending. She drew this broken and mended bowl.

© Copyright 2020 Maria Mankin.  Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved.

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